The future is bright for Preston boxer Mick Hall despite his narrow loss to Jack Arnfield on Saturday.
The 28-year-old star turned in an impressive performance against his 25-year-old opponent on the Middleweight Prizefighter Show, which was held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens and screened live on Sky Sports.
But Hall’s dream of winning the prestigious competition was ended at the first hurdle after Arnfield’s arm was raised at the end of the quarter-final bout.
Labelled the fight of the evening, Hall easily won the opening round in most people’s eyes with some clever counterpunching and some notable classy hooks to the head and body.
The Blackpool fighter’s aggression and solid punching saw him win the final round, but the second round was hard to call, with both fighters producing some impressive work.
However, it appeared Hall had done enough to earn the decision so when the fight was awarded to the local man by the three judges, it surprised many spectators ringside.
Arnfield went on to lose his semi-final to Cello Renda, who was then beaten by eventual champion Tony Doran in the final.
Hall’s trainer Karl Ince was hugely disappointed that his man did not get the decision he felt his display over the three rounds deserved.
Despite the devastating loss, Ince believes his man’s performance won many admirers, none more so than the show’s organiser and renowned boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
He believes there will be opportunities coming the former Larches and Savick ABC fighter’s way in the near future.
“I am so disappointed for him,” Ince said. “He won the fight...he got robbed.
“Ninety per cent of people I have spoken to who watched the fight said he won it, but that’s boxing. C’est la vie.
“I think if he would have won the semi-final and got through to the final.
“He boxed really well –everybody commented on how well he boxed.
“I think he won the first two rounds and lost the third.
“He was catching him and the decision was a surprise to everybody who watched it.
“That’s the way it is sometimes. The other guy was more aggressive and throwing a lot of punches but he was not catching Mick, the way Mick was catching him.
“I do know Eddie Hearn was quite happy with his performance so opportunities may come up for him. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
It was Hall’s first professional loss, but he may get the chance to put his disappointment behind him soon. Ince revealed he could be a late entrant on the ‘Boxing is Back’ show, which takes place at Preston Guild Hall on Saturday, February 28.
“We are going to see if we can try to get him on the show at Preston,” Ince said.
Rick Skelton’s fight with Bradley Pryce tops the bill.Tickets for the show cost £30 and to purchase these, please visit the Guild Hall Box Office, in Lancaster Road, Preston or phone 01772 804444.